Pierre Pierce Enters Plea of Not Guilty

IOWA CITY, IA - Pierre Pierce appeared in the Johnson County Courthouse this morning and entered a plea of not guilty to a charge of third degree sexual abuse. Pierre is being represented by Alfredo Parrish and Maggi Moss of Des Moines. Moss was quoted on the courthouse steps that "the two people were friends and that the sex was consensual." Steve Alford appeared at the courthouse in support of his player and was shown on television standing next to Pierre. University response follows


Oct. 1, 2002

IOWA CITY – Legal charges have been brought against Iowa basketball player Pierre Pierce. Pierce is a sophomore guard from Westmont, IL.

The following is a statement by Iowa Athletic Director Bob Bowlsby:

"This has been a very difficult process for everyone. We want to do everything possible to accommodate a fair, thorough and appropriate resolution. Pending that resolution, Pierre Pierce will be suspended immediately from all basketball related activities. This suspension will include all contests and practices as well as weight training sessions, team meetings and meals and all other men's basketball team functions. While our typical procedure is to allow the legal processes to run their course, the severity of the allegations necessitates the rescission of privileges until the matter is brought to a close."

The following is a statement by Iowa Basketball Coach Steve Alford:

"We understand the serious charges that have been made towards Pierre. We also support Pierre's suspension from our team while we allow for resolution to this serious matter. Our entire basketball family stands behind Pierre as we hope for a very fair outcome to this charge."

HTO.com will keep you informed with all the latest in this ongoing situation. We do ask from Hawk fans that you please refrain from making judgements until more facts are presented in this case.

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